So, you have started to browse through available jobs in South Africa on Jobs Town and are wondering what the actual steps of applying are? Here is a short presentation of these steps:
• The resume – or otherwise known as the curriculum vitae. This is a basic step when preparing to apply for jobs in South Africa. Even in situations where the application process does not involve sending a resume, building one will be useful for you in order to sort your thoughts out for the interview. Also, if you have a written record of all your previous jobs and classes you have gone through, you can file the application faster. A very important aspect is that, when your resume is required, you tailor it to the job you are currently applying for. Emphasize the skills that are particularly useful for that job and leave out past activities that are not relevant for the current application.
• Calling the employer – You might not have found available jobs in South Africa listed for a certain company, but you are interested in working for them. What you can do is call and ask if available positions exist and what the requirements for application are. The human resources department will take your call and give you proper information. They might invite you to fill an application at their headquarters or ask you to e-mail or mail them a CV and a cover letter. Do not forget to ask whom the letter should be addressed to and to ask about correct spelling of the specified name.
• The cover letter – So, you find a jobs in South Africa you are interested in and a cover letter is required of you. So that you are not seen as a person who mass-emails every company, make sure you know whom to address the letter to – a specific name, that is. Write the letter so that it fits what the job you are applying for requires of you – again, choose the content so that it doesn’t look like a mass-letter.
• Asking for opinions – It is often difficult to notice your own mistakes, to see typos or to realize that a formulated sentence is not easily understood by others. That is why you could ask a friend to look over your resume and cover letter, maybe even someone who has experience in the human resources field and knows what managers expect when they announce available jobs in South Africa.
• The application – Make sure your application is tight and don’t leave room for error. Cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s. One wrong move can leave your application being discarded. Make sure your CV and covering letter is tailored to the job you are applying to. Make sure your skill set is properly “sold” in your application. Applications sent in text short form language wont get you far nor will demanding a job. As a rule remember even though you have applied to many jobs it will be the first time a hiring person has seen your CV.
• The “after-party” – If the application states not to call or if the application has a closing date and mentions that if you have not heard back within a certain time frame to respect the hiring persons wishes. Not everyone has the time to check on application progress and definitely the short listed candidates will be notified.